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I work in a family restaurant and the owners would not want me to ignore the kids. My problem is doing magic for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. They are not old enough for most close up routines. I find a d'lite really helpful but I struggle finding tricks for this age group. Also what do you do when they start following you around? Any suggestions? Smile Smile
Larry Davidson
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For the very young, do effects that are very quick and visual and that don't require a long attention span. I agree that D'Lite fits that bill. You also might try vanishing and producing silks with a TT, it's quick, visual, and colorful.

Another suggestion is to perform a very quick coin routine for example where you produce coins from the kid's ear, vanish them, and transform one of them into a jumbo coin.

Re: what to do when kids start following me around, I usually use a deep, guttural voice, and scream at them that I'm the devil while spitting green pea soup on the floor. If that approach is too subtle, you can prearrange with the wait staff to do this - -

When the wait staff passes a table with straggler kids standing, they can quietly whisper to them to please return to their table because the waiters and waitresses walk very quickly between the tables and don't want to accidentally bump into and hurt the kids.

It takes the wait staff only 5 seconds to do this, and they'll appreciate it because it keeps the kids out of their way.
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Do the silk vanish for a 5 year old... then move on and do the adults.... listen, if I'm working the streets and I'm working for hat.... at restaurants you sometimes get tips.... somtimes the parents want to leave the kids and go to a booth or store and let me babysit.... as they are walking away, I say, "hey, where are you going... I didn't leave when you got here" and I say... "I'm not going to work for just the kids, so if you don't stay, I'm not working" don't have any money.... kind of fits this topic.... if you are looking to get a tip.... which by the way you shouldn't make it obvious. You should direct a good piece of your show towards the adults... kids don't have cash...

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I would like to suggest another tact. I am not a children's performer. I do not accept shows for children. My one & only reason to be in a restaurant is to break in new material, & more importantly it's a place to showcase my act.

While you can never ignore the little ones, I always perform for them last. When the adults at the table try to usher me to the kids, I tell them "lets show them what I do" I then perform for the adults & end with the kids. If you perform for the kids first, the adults will talk among themselves, & you will have a hard time getting their attention once they think of you as a kids magician. Blow them away first, & then perform for the kids. It will end up being a better show & they will want your card for the adult events.
Mickey Cohen
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I don't see too many children in the venues I work but when I do it becomes a real challenge for me and also an invigorating experience .I realize that I am always entertaining children just that some of them are over 50.
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